Balance Solutions of Central Minnesota
Finding solutions for dizziness & balance problems

Frequently Asked Questions

What is Balance Solutions?

Balance Solutions is a diagnostic center designed for evaluating and treating patients suffering from dizziness, vertigo and/or imbalance.

Why does central Minnesota need a comprehensive balance (vestibular) center?

The human system for balance is complex and requires that a person’s vision, hearing/inner ear and sensory systems work together. In the past, our healthcare system was only able to explore one of these systems at a time, resulting in limited care for these problems. Utilizing advanced technology, specially trained audiologists and vestibular physical therapists, Balance Solutions integrates and evaluates all three systems. This gives patients a more specific diagnosis and allows for development and implementation of a comprehensive treatment plan.

How does Balance Solutions differ from other places providing similar services?

Balance Solutions is a multidisciplinary center that includes ear, nose, & throat physicians, audiologists, and physical therapists with extensive training in balance and dizziness (vestibular) problems. This team works closely with other physicians in central Minnesota to provide patients with both diagnostic testing and treatment within the same facility. Balance Solutions is unique as its diagnostic testing includes accessing the three primary components of balance: inner ear, vision and somatosensory systems.

What diagnostic and therapeutic tests are available at Balance Solutions?

A variety of tests are available to determine what is causing the dizziness and to help identify the most effective way to help patients function in their daily lives.  Patients may undergo any of the following tests:

  • Electronystagmography/Videonystagmography (ENG/VNG)
  • Computerized Dynamic Posturography (CDP)
  • vestibular performance evaluation
  • audiological test battery
  • Rotary Chair test
  • Electrocochleography (ECoG)
  • Auditory Brainstem Response (ABR)

What do these specialized tests mean to the patient?

With the test results, we can differentiate between sensory system dysfunction (inner ear and eyes) and motor system dysfunction (feet, ankles, and joints) to determine which, if not both, are contributing to the balance difficulties. This information is gathered and used to develop and individualize a vestibular therapy plan. Through vestibular rehabilitation a patient can improve functionality and reduce the risk of falling.